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The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex, clunozobec africky) from ZOO Prague, Czech republic :nod:
Very rarely kept species of bird! And rarely posted here on dA :giggle:





Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:
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INFO ABOUT THE ANIMAL:

Name: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
Location: tropical east Africa (Sudan – Tanzania)
Size: body: 120 cm, wing span: 230-260 cm weight: 7 Kg
Diet: fish, reptiles, birds, little mammals
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Interesting facts: its amazing big beak gave this bird a name – in various languages, they are called shoebills, whale-headed storks or boat-beaks | they live in swamps, they inhabit river shores | female lays 2 eggs, both parents take care – they put water on eggs and they spread the wings above the nest to protect the eggs and babies from direct sun | they have unnusual hunting technique, as their beak is very big and heavy | they hunt even crocodiles! | they do not live in groups, they are solitary. Only during mating season, they meet and then they take care for babies | they are very shy | there are only 13 ZOOs in the world which keep shoebills!

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:iconjasminum-officinale:
Jasminum-officinale Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Shoebills are great! :) Love this pic!
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:iconsoulessone12:
soulessone12 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Big bird is that you?
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:iconvonanglesmith:
VonAnglesmith Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
it looks like a muppet
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:iconmangaka-girl:
MangaKa-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what the- something about the eye placement looks so weird for me... Strange bird indeed but it looks cool nonetheless :D
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:icondrigulch:
drigulch Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
i am pretty sure i met her at a wedding reception some time ago. She looked at me that way the whole evening and talked about all the bills for shoes she had over the years.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
:O_o: :rofl:
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:iconchateaugay:
Chateaugay Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
:wow: They hunt crocodiles? Seriously??? Full grown or juveniles?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
juveniles :nod: and thank you for all the comments! :hug:
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
he looks prehistoric :XD:
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I must agree :giggle:
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
hehe
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:iconcreativeness:
Creativeness Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   General Artist
:D :heart:
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:iconanotherdyingbreed:
AnotherDyingBreed Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
almost looks like a Loftwing from Ledgend of Zelda xDDD
so flipping cool
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:iconred-fox26:
red-fox26 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a dinosaur
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:iconksavvyx3:
ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see where they got the name. :D
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:iconnero-angelo-tala:
nero-angelo-tala Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Legend of Zelda's Loftwing! I wonder if my friend knows they actually exist? Must let her know! Interesting shot! looks like its smiling ^_^
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:iconkfirzi:
kfirzi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it's just a Loftwing from The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
:iconloftwingplz:
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:iconanotherdyingbreed:
AnotherDyingBreed Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
xDDDDD
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:iconaurora9912:
Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is the most amazing face I think I have ever seen. At first I thought "wow, what an amazing puppet"-but then I saw the artist's name and I stopped. Immediately I clicked on the photo and I could not look away. You are staring at each other! It's that magical moment when, while looking around, that stranger 30 feet away looks at you at the exact same moment-CLICK!-you can feel the jolt in your head, the recognition. You know that he/she/it saw you. Once I was able to look away I read the description then immediately went to the weight/length conversion charts. Amazing.

I do believe that you would lose in a staring contest.
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:iconbastetanku:
Bastetanku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
What a beautiful face.
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:iconcait-cait93:
Cait-Cait93 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just saw on animal planet, they only keep one baby. It was rather cruel. The mother left two chicks to get water, the stronger attacked the weaker, and the parents abandoned the weaker and left it to die.
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:iconsakuranakamura:
SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this bird.
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:iconshadow-and-flame-86:
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love this expression! and shoebills in general. Great capture! :love:
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:iconbluesand1313:
Bluesand1313 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Photographer
My first reaction:
O.O What IS that?! It looks like a DoDo bird!
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:iconistilldontwantthis:
istilldontwantthis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Aw, he's adorable; I love him! Nice photo!
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:iconkoshplappit:
koshplappit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :wow:
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:iconkyoei-san:
Kyoei-San Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Iv seen those birds at the zoo and they scare the crap out of me they look like Dinosaur birds to me :iconscared:
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:iconghizbo:
Ghizbo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
lol in my mind I was going to ask is that a "Do-Do?"
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:iconmsdungeonx:
MsDungeonX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Shoebills always seem to be smiling from this angle :D
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:iconquavera-tava:
Quavera-Tava Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Oh hey, a Shoebill! They're so silly looking, in a cute and nice way. ;)
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:iconeirenare:
Eirenare Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
OMG, cool bird!

And he seems to be smiling, though he isn´t and it is only the perspective... And seems to be saying, too "are you talking to me?" XD How cutie :3
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:iconternfeather:
TernFeather Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
It looks like a Muppet!
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:iconwyldchilde79:
Wyldchilde79 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was about to post the same thing...lol. Amazing shot!
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:iconsummerday27:
summerday27 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It almost looks fake. This is just, stunning though. I need to see this kind of bird now, lol :heart: Amazing picture!
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:iconbluele87:
bluele87 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This bird's look is so bizarre!
I can't help but smile whenever I see a picture of it. :)
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:iconcolor-freak1:
color-freak1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ha ha, Looks like it just flew in from Skyloft:D
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:iconcolor-freak1:
color-freak1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lolXD
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:iconicyinmay:
IcyInMay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol that's exactly what i thought x)
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:icontobbih:
TobbiH Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i thought it was a caricature! It looks like crazy!
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!! :laughing:
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I would go and scare you in your dreams! :lol:
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh it does, truly :lol:
But this photo is really good :lol:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
OH!
Wonderful.......looks pretty intelligent?
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:iconkrispz:
Krispz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats the most unusual bird i've ever seen in my life yet so pretty :)
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:icondeviantteddine:
DeviantTeddine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Great portrait !
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:iconindigowarrior1:
IndigoWarrior1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
What the...
it looks similar to dodobirds :D For a moment I tought it's a dodo. Cute!
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:icongf-vectorprime:
GF-VectorPrime Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
it almost look like a muppet
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:iconleeanna13097:
leeanna13097 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that expression!
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:iconbandbabe2009:
bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Photographer
Such a rare bird.
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:icon77th-role-player:
77th-Role-Player Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Wow! I've never even seen or heard of this bird before. Thank you for taking a picture and sharing information.
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